Taupo ...... makes me wanna move and fly!
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Taupo is a beautiful city. It's situated on the northeastern shores of Taupo travel guide">Lake Taupo, which is as big as Singapore. Taupo has a population of 22,000 people. The city centre is very small but it has all the shops and eating places you need for a pleasant stay. Again I stayed at the Base hostel. The facilities are good but I didn't like it for one reason. The first floor of this hostel is right above the Base bar. The ceilings must be very thin because I could hear (and sing) along with every song they played at this bar and felt every beat that blasted out of the speakers. Oh, one more thing I didn't like was the movies people in this hostel choosed to show on tv.
The activities I've done in Taupo besides the Tongariro Crossing:
Orakei Korako Thermal Cave & Thermal Park. I've met a few people who were planning to go there and they invited me to come along. Orakei Korako means "the place of adorning". It's a thermal area with colourful hot springs, geysers and hot mud pools. We stayed there for about two hours. I have to say that this park is indeed very beautiful and worth to visit. According to the Lonely Planet it is arguably the best thermal area in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world.
Mountainbiking. This is an activity that I've done on my own but in hindsight it wasn't that smart of me to do this alone.
Taupo is the skydiving capital of the world. Well, I couldn't resist the temptation and signed up for jumping out of an airplane. I sat in the airplane with three other passengers. Each passenger had their own jumpmaster. My jumpmaster was Dale. Very cool guy with more than 3,000 jumps, so really experienced. His wife is pregnant so I knew he would do everything tp get us both safe on the ground. I was nervous and really excited for this jump because I've always wanted to do a skydive. At 12,000 feet the first three passengers jumped out. Each time a passenger jumped out of the plane you could here an "umpf" sound. It went really fast. After the three passengers jumped out, the door closed and the plane went up to 15,000 feet. The jumpmaster kept asking me if I was okay and I was. When we reached our designated height I had to open the door and sit on the edge of the door opening.
Taupo is a great city. Besides all the wild activities you can do here, the scenery here is beautiful. Taupo invites you to go out and be active. This city is too beautiful to stay indoors and do nothing.
Next destination: River Valley